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74 FRIDAY, APRIL 5 - MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette Review )) marimba wows symphony piece that preceded it. Beni- Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra plays March series in Cape Region By Dennis Forney It was impossible not to be dnf@capegazette.com intrigued by the inherently Caribbean feel and sound of the Warren Wolf, playing marimba - like a wooden-keyed with the Mid-Atlantic xylophone - married with the Symphony Orchestraclassic German score. Wolf during a March 23 concert in Ocean View, brought the crowd to its feet with his performance of the Bach "Concerto for Violin No. 1." What made the performance so exciting and unusual is that the piece had been transcribed for marimba, Wolfs principal instrument. Anyone who knows Bach knows that the German com- poser's music doesn't lack for notes or speed. Watching and listening to Wolf effortlessly hammering out the character- istic Bach runs with all their lyrical beauty and intricacy, backed up by the precise and perfectly coordinated work of the orchestra, was nothing short of spellbinding. IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO BE INTRIGUED BY THE INHERENTLY CARIBBEAN FEEL AND SOUND OF THE MARIMBA - LIKE A WOODEN- KEYED XYLOPHONE - MARRIED WITH THE CLASSIC GERMAN SCORE. made it work beyond imagina- tion. When the orchestra eased away in the final movement to give solo space for the cadenza offered by ].S., Wolf followed his passion for jazz. He took himself and his audience off on a wild ride showing his virtu- osity and complete command with the instrument before circling back in exciting iazz fashion to the phrases that gave rise to his improvisation. He and the orchestra returned seamlessly to the score at the end of the cadenza to conclude the piece triumphantly for the nearly breathless and transfixed audience. Fully warmed, Wolf then joined forces with Musical Director and Conductor ]ulien Benichou and his orchestra for the world premiere of a com- missioned piece for marimba composed by Benichou. The piece, in a looser and more eclectic style that showed off the brightness of the various sections of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, nicely complemented the tighter Bach chou dedicated the piece, titled "Wolves," to Warren Wolf and also to long-time symphony supporter and patron Lucienne Vignol Wolfe. The symphony's March program opened with 17-year- old saxophonist Eric Rierson playing Jacques Ibert's "Concer- tina de Camera." The selection, played with sensitivity by the young musician on an instru- ment synonymous with iazz, prepared the audience's ears for the mood of the first half of the program. After intermission, Benich- ou's orchestra of talented musi- cians showed their continuing maturity, passion and versatil- ity With a rich performance of Beethoven's "Symphony No. 4." The orchestra will conclude its 2012-13 season in late April in a program titled Joyous to Glorious. The program will feature Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with violinists Nicholas Currie and Katarzyna Bryla in the spot- light. The second piece of the evening will be Mendelssohn's "Symphony No. 3" known as the Scottish Symphony. For further information about dates, times and venues, go to midatlanticsymphony.org. )More information: midatlanticsymphony.org SHOWN Lucienne DENNIS EORNEY PHOTO FOLLOWING THE CONCERT in OceanView are I-r Warren Wolf, Vignol Wolfe, Eric Rierson and Julien Benichou. First &Baltintore i 302 227 6237 OPEN WEEKENDS 19178 Coastal ltwy 302 644 7711 OPEN 7 DAYS 8pec/o National Arts Program recognizes second place ($200)in the In- termediate category; and Lisa Lindsay of Milton, honorable Work of state employees category, mention in the Intermediate The Delaware Division of the * Twenty-one talented state culminating in one Best in Show Arts is an agency of the state employees and their family Award. Sixteen cash prizes total- of Delaware. Together with its members, recognized for their ing $2,400 were awarded, advisory body, the Delaware works of art as the results of the Two hundred and eight State Arts Council, the division National Arts Program: Dela- employees of Delaware state administers grants and programs ware StateEmployee Exhibition agencies and their immediate that support-arts programming, and Contest II, were announced family members submitted art- educate the public, increase March 2. Approximately 400 work for the 2013 exhibition and awareness of the arts and inte- people attended the opening re- contest. The participating artists grate the arts into all facets of ception. Secretary of State Jeffrey came from across the state and Delaware life. Funding for divi- Bullock and Division of the Arts represented 74 state agencies, sion programs is provided by Director Paul Weagraffpresided Local winners include Mindi annual appropriations from the over the awards ceremony. Jackie Schultze of Lewes, third place Delaware General Assembly and Szafara, executive director of ($100) in the Professional cat- grants from the National Endow- the National Arts Program, was egory; Denise Powell of Lincoln, ment for the Arts. on hand to congratulate the win- ners. 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